DIY Budget-friendly Barn Wedding: Hannah & Kristie

DIY Budget-friendly Barn Wedding | Love and Perry Photography

Where do I even start with today’s wedding? Besides being full of beauty and love, it’s full of personality and sweet DIY. And, get this, it had a $16,000 budget! I love when a wedding looks twice as expensive as it really was. And with stunning (and I mean STUNNING) images from Love and Perry, I could look at this wedding all day. You may remember this couple’s engagement session, and lots of the DIY touches may be familiar as well because Hannah shared those with us here too. Hannah is sharing the inspiration and personal touches behind their lovely day below.

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Kristie is from Virginia and I’m a New England girl through-and-through, so we wanted to find a happy balance that would allow all our friends and family to feel comfortable and have a good time. Elegant, rustic, authentic, quirky, and comfortable were all words we threw around during the planning process. 

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My favorite moment from the day would have to be our first look. I can’t recommend having one enough! In the middle of that crazy, sometimes-stressful, amazing day, Kristie and I got the chance to be alone with each other (well…with our photographers too, but we love them!) As soon as I walked into that orchard and put my arms around her, all my nerves fell away. We spent about half an hour in the quiet among the apple trees, just enjoying one another’s company (and how hot we looked). Seeing her waiting for me at the end of the aisle was still special, but we felt even more grateful to have had time that was just ours. Plus, the photos we got from the first look session are amazing. 

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I joke a lot that our wedding was crowd-funded, but seriously! Family members, friends, and friends-of-friends really came through to arrange our flowers, do my makeup, make 150 truffles from scratch, help with DIY projects, play live music during the ceremony, DJ the whole reception, bartend at the last minute, lend us stepladders for our ceremony backdrop, pick other guests up from bus stations and airports, carpool, run errands, make sure we were eating and sleeping and happy — even get ordained online so they could marry us. 

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Because this was a gay wedding, we felt zero pressure to do things the traditional way. Bouquet toss? Gone. Weird garter-stripper dance? No thank you. We kept the traditions that were meaningful to us, like a first dance and incorporating significant family items. The blouse portion of my dress was made by hand using Indian parachute silk that my grandfather brought back during World War II. My grandmother (who passed away four years ago) used it for her wedding dress, which my mother also wore years later. There was enough left over for part of my dress, and my sister’s when the time comes! Kristie carried her grandfather’s wedding ring in her pocket during the ceremony and reception (he had also passed). We’re both very close with our families, and it was really important to us that we feel they were all there. One of my best friends Steve received a one-day solemnization from the state of Massachusetts so he could marry us in a brief, non-religious ceremony that was perfect parts Kristie and I (think Patsy Cline lyrics paired with a Pablo Neruda poem). 

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Does that cork placecard holder look familiar? Hannah shared the DIY with us, which you can find here. Other DIY included goodie bags for the kiddos, vintage postcard save-the-dates, the chalkboard signs (made by Kristie from scratch and hand lettered by Hannah), reception centerpieces and painted bottles, ceremony backdrop, table numbers, mason jar escort card/favors, and much much more.

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Advice for couples planning now? I’m so glad we had “wedding-free” nights. We’d be working on invitations, or bridesmaid gifts, or emailing with any of our numerous vendors, and one of us would just throw her hands up and say, “That’s it! I need a break!” We’d draw the shades, pop some popcorn, and catch up on Netflix. It was so restorative, and reminded me that we had a marriage to work on too, not just a wedding. Aside from that, let people help you. In the beginning I brushed off offers of help, with a ‘thanks-but-no-thanks, I-got-this’ vibe. Because I did have a grip on things. I was stressed, but not overly so, and truly enjoying the wedding planning process and watching things come out the way I had envisioned. But what I was missing was the fun of doing this with my friends and family. Having my mom here to help us do the seating chart was insanely helpful. We would’ve been able to do it ourselves, sure, but having her there made it go by so much more quickly and it was more fun. Even if you know you don’t need help, ask for it anyway, because you never know how much fun it could be.

I could not love this wedding more, and my favorite touch I think is that Hannah’s dress was made in part with silk brought back from her grandfather in WWII. I mean, how amazing is that? Such a treasure. This wedding demonstrates perfectly how you can have a lovely and personal wedding that is YOU. Keep traditions you love, ditch the ones you don’t. It’s DIY but still elegant and beautiful (not DIY that looks like a bad craft project). It’s all about balance, and ultimately about what you love and who you are. Thank you to Hannah and Kristie for letting me share their beautiful day! And there’s so much more in the gallery.

{Vendors} Photography: Love & Perry Photography / Video: Love & Perry Photography  / Ceremony Venue: Quonquont Farm, Whately, MA / Reception Venue: Quonquont Farm, Whately, MA / Bride’s Dress: Ruby Skirt and Glea Blouse by Whitney Deal / Bride’s Shoes: Lucky Brand via Victoria’s Secret (no longer available online) / Bride’s Floral Headpiece: Handmade by bride and friends / Bride’s Jewelery: Georg Jensen necklace; Blue Nile love knot earrings / Hair: Fringe Studio, Northampton, MA / Make Up: Done by friends! / Groom’s (Other Bride’s) Attire: Gap pants; H&M shirt and vest; Etsy tie clip; Forever 21 blazer; Vans shoes via Journey / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J.Crew (no longer available online) / Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Necklaces from Etsy (different sellers) / Cake: SugarBakers Cake TruckFlowers: Done by friends! / Stationery: Hello Lucky; handmade / Caterers: Special Requests / DJ: Done by friends!

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  1. Daphne
    Posted Sep 10 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    I love your wedding. Your photos are so gorgeous! Very special…. My son is getting married on the 22nd with Love and Perry! Can’t wait.

  2. Posted Sep 12 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Great ideeas, this is very beautiful..love it!

  3. Rebecca
    Posted Sep 19 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Absolutely Gorgeous! I love the dress and suit! What a lovely couple and a lovely wedding!

  4. Kim
    Posted Sep 16 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi there! Totally beautiful wedding! I am taking a similar approach with mine next Fall. Totally random question, but is there any way you can tell me the names of the fonts you used on the thank you and welcome cards in the photo? I love that top font and I cant figure out what to search for to find it. Thanks!!

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